Enjoy a caffeine fix at huggs coffee in jewel changi airport

The long awaited opening of Jewel Changi Airport finally happened on the 17th of last month. With the tallest indoor waterfall, Jewel is the latest gem in Singapore to be attracting the crowds!

With an endless array of eateries, Jewel  Changi Airport has now become a popular spot for foodies. Spoilt with so many eatery choices, let me share with you where you can find affordable and still tasty coffee and grab-to-go, delicious food.

Huggs Coffee uses the highest quality Columbian and Brazilian beans, together with a century old traditional Italian process, to make its coffee. At the same time, the best traditional and modern blending techniques are used.

It’s even better pairing the coffee with their sweet treats, like their muffins and slice cakes, that are to-die-for or even their delicious wraps, which includes Mexican Beef Wrap, Ham & Cheese Wrap, Pesto Chicken Wrap, Tandoori Chicken Wrap.

So what are you waiting for? Head on down to Huggs Coffee at Jewel Changi Airport for some good ol’ coffee and tasty treats!

78 Airport Blvd #B2-238/239/240 Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666

Opening Hours: Daily (24 hours)

 

Xx,

Nic

 

 

 

 

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Why Bali has the best cafes

There are so many cafes in Bali, that you might wonder, which are the must-go cafes in Bali?

Have no fear, because in this post, I will be sharing with you my top places that are worth visiting!

Coffee Cartel

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Have you seen pictures of coffee with cute designs on it? Well, Coffee Cartel is the place where you can get a cup of coffee with a customised design! Now this is why Coffee Cartel is on my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Located in the heart of seminyak, Coffee Cartel also serves an amazing variety of food! You’ll have a wide option of all day breakfast and all day lunch! My personal fave? The double royal with cheese burger! The beef patty is so soft and juicy, it literally melts in your mouth! Yum!

Nothing is priced above 100k rupiah! You’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal that is not only insta-worthy but is wallet-friendly.

Don’t forget to check the side wall of the cafe! There’s a really pretty pink mural that you’ll definitely need a shot with.

Address: 08 Jalan Lebak Sari, Petitenget, Seminyak, 80361 

Opening hours: 7am – 6pm (daily)

Kynd Community

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Now a trip to Bali isn’t complete without visiting Kynd Community!

Omg if you haven’t heard about one of Bali’s must-go cafes, which rock have you been hiding in?

Kynd Community is one cafe that you cannot miss when you’re in Bali!

Like Coffee Cartel, Kynd Community is also located in Seminyak.

The plant-based cafe proofs that vegan food can not only look good and careful, but is just as tasty!

Lemme tell ya, I’ve tried many vegan cafes in different countries, and I’ve never left one feel satisfied or full. The food was expensive and it tasted awful!

Kynd Community has renewed my faith in vegan food! Hence, it’s on my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Address: Jalan Raya Petitenget No12x, Bali

Opening hours: 6am – 5pm (breakfast & lunch), 6:30pm – 10pm (dinner)

 

Strawberry Fields

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How does a huge bowl of beer battered fries with bacon and melted cheese sound?

When I heard that Strawberry Fields offered their specialty loaded fries, I was drooling! I could not wait to get my hands on them!

There’s such a huge variety of food being offered. If you’re a health nut, you get vitality bowls, healthy smoothies, juices, etc.

However, if you’re like me, and want a decadent meal, you’re spoilt for choices! There’s their huge a** burgers that I didn’t know where to begin eating! The garlic prawns in truffle was absolutely foodgasm! And you have to try the monster shakes! I got The Cookie Monstershake and was hooked!

Plus points? The staff are really friendly there and this places oozes comfy vibes. Did I mention they have a pool table?

Strawberry Fields should definitely be on your list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Address: Jalan Batu Belig 77, Gang. Anisa, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 8036

Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (daily)

 

Neon Palms

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When I first stepped into Neon Palms, I felt like I stepped into a safari with the African-themed murals.

Want a little retail therapy before or after your meal? Fear not! Neon Palms is located right about Bali Boat Shed Boutique!

I brought a friend to this lovely cafe for a meal and we were there a little too early. The cafe hadn’t opened yet. I managed to sneak in a little shopping before we headed upstairs for our breakfast.

This beautiful place is perfect for a cocktail and some tapas with a touch of tropical vibes!

Address: Cnr of Jalan Kayu Aya & Jalan Kayu Jati Seminyak, Bali

Opening Hours: 8am – midnight (daily)

Balibola

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Balibola is a flexitarian cafe that is known for is instagrammable back drop like “Balifornia Dreamin'” and colourful food!

What does flexitarian mean?

Well, by definition, it is a plant-based diet which occasionally includes meat. In Balibola’s case, they serve fish.

The name Balibola comes from the word “bola”, which means ball in both Spanish and Bahasa. Spain is where the idea of creating delicious savoury balls of wholesome vegetarian goodness was born.

Balibola’s dishes are inspired  by staple meals all around the world and are carerfully crafted to taste as authentic as can be – just meatless.

The pop of pastel colours, food and exterior, will definitely attract you back for more!

Address: Jalan Petitenget No8x, Seminyak Bali

Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10pm (daily)

Cafe Organic

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I’ve heard so much of Cafe Organic but I was only able to visit this cafe during my last trip.

Cafe Organic offers health conscious vegetarian meals with a passion for simple dishes using fresh, locally farmed produce.

Cafe Organic has three branches; Petitenget, Canggu and Umalas.

I am obsessed with the Bao Bun, which is pulled marinated jackfruit, coriander, cucumber chili, tamari hoi sin and coconut bacon. The hoi sin tasted so good, I wanted to order seconds!

The smoothie bowls and chia cups were just as tasty! You wouldn’t want to miss it!

Adresses: Jln. Petitenget 99x Seminyak Bali
Jln. Batu Bolong 58x Canggu Bali
Jln. Umalas 1 Kerobokan Bali

Opening Hours: 7am – 6pm (daily)

The Shady Shack Bali

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Finally venturing out of the cafes in Seminyak, we have one from Canggu that has made it to my list of must-go cafes in Bali!

Dear readers, rejoice if you’re a vegetarian cos Shady Shack is another vegetarian cafe in Bali!

Now, I went on an absolutely freakin’ hot day and was sweating like mad even before we got our table. But on a less hot day, you can sit outdoors, enjoy a cup of coffee…or coconut, and enjoy the view of the rice field just opposite!

I wonder why didn’t I visit this quaint cafe during my previous trip to Bali, when I actually stayed in Canggu.

We ordered the nachos for sharing, and good gracious, it was addictive! Partly due to Shady Shack’s house-made chilli sauce. It was so good, I actually asked the waiter if we could buy the sauce. Sadly, they don’t sell it.

I would have ordered more food if not for the fact that we arrived at Shady Shack with a half -full tummy! But I’m pretty sure the other dishes are just as good as the nachos!

Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.57, Canggu, Bali

Operating Hours: 8:30am – 11pm (daily)

 

Cabina Bali

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My last must-go to cafe in Bali is Cabina Bali! Well, technically it’s not a cafe but if you’re in Bali, you definitely can’t miss the floating breakfast that it’s known for!

Cabina is designed in such a way where it reminds you of a tropical paradise, with all the lush palm trees, cactuses and wooden deck chairs.

We ordered the tropical floating brunch, which includes 2 drinks per person; a coffee or tea, and a mocktail. We were given a fruit platter, 2 mains and 2 sweet and sour dishes.

My personal favourite? Mac Daddy Croissant! Cos who doesn’t love a good Mac & Cheese?

Cabina Bali is the perfect place to spend the day! Enjoy a hearty brunch and get some Vitamic D by the pool!

Now this is what I call a vacation!

Address: Jalan Gang Daksina No 01,
Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Denpasar 8031 

Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (daily)

 

I hope you guys enjoyed my list of must-go cafes! I do hope you have the chance to visit some of these cafes while in Bali! Also, if you have any other cafe recommendations, please share with me in the comments.

 

 

Xx,

Nic

 

Sydney (2017)

As mentioned in my Byron Bay post, after four days spent in Byron Bay, we took a 13-hour overnight bus to Sydney. It was quite an experience for both my Mum and I as we’ve never taken such a long bus journey before.

We arrived in Sydney on 28th March morning and went straight to our Airbnb to drop off our luggages. And off we went to our very first destination: Devon Cafe! Last year, when I was in Sydney with Shah, the first cafe we went to when we arrived, was also Devon Cafe. Guess it’s mandatory?

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As always, the food at Devon Cafe was superb! Definitely recommend this cafe to those visiting Sydney.

Dessert was my fave ice cream in the world (that’s right, THE WORLD!!), Aqua S!!!! It’s so good to be back at Aqua S! Every time I look at my Sydney photos, there are two things I miss the most. Aqua S and the grilled scallops from the Sydney Fish Market.

Ended the day at Bronte Beach. We tried walking from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach via the beach walkway but somehow we got lost. After walking an hour, we weren’t even halfway to our destination. We gave up and decided to uber.

Got my 6th tattoo in my fave city in the world! Alis Volat Propriis, which is Latin for “she flies with her own wings”. I think Latin is so sexy, don’t ya think?

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Day 2, we managed to sleep in till afternoon, considering we didn’t sleep much on our bus ride here.

We spent the entire day at Bondi Beach. Getting lunch at Harry’s Bondi, which serves one of the best organic food. They even have organic coke! How dope!

Did some suntanning on the beach, before grabbing some ice cream at Gelatissimo.

We ended our day by watching the sunset at Bondi Icebergs.

Our trip to Sydney was a short one. We spent three days in total. On our last day there, I brought Mum to the Sydney Fish Market.

I’m drooling…….

We did a little shopping (okay not a little, it’s actually a lot lol) at QvB (Queen Victoria Building).

And finally (and I mean finally!!!), after searching for so long, I’ve found Doux Amour Patisserie!

Bought the cutest puffs everrrrrrrr!

And that was how we ended an amazing and awesome trip: with cute and equally tasty food!

Can’t wait for more adventures 🙂

Xx,

Nic

 

Stranger’s Reunion

If you guys haven’t heard of Stranger’s Reunion, then it’s time to get out of your shell!

Stranger’s Reunion is the home of the current World Siphon Coffee Champion, 3-time Singapore Barista Champion, 3-time Singapore Latte Art Champion and ASEAN Barista Champion 2013.

I can’t testify for their coffee since I don’t drink coffee, but I can testify for their food.

After a short hiatus, the cafe reopened last year. Bigger, better and more hipster!

The interior decor is modern, with a touch of rustic from some of the wooden tables and benches as well as the wall.

Stepping in, I felt very homely and welcomed, getting a relaxed vibe from the place itself.

I went there with my Boo and I wished we had more people with us, because I seriously wanted to order every dish in the menu. Every dish sounded so appetizing.

This isn’t my first time to the cafe, but it’s my first time trying their dinner menu. And it’s just as good as their day menu!

Shahrul and I ordered the Honey Mustard Sweet Potato Chips ($12.90), Buttermilk Waffles with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh fruits ($11.90), Aburi Mentaiko Spaghetti ($21.90) and Duck Confit ($23.90).

What’s there to complain about the food? The Honey Mustard Potato Chips was actually got delicious, even though I’m not a huge fan of honey mustard. The chips actually became quite addictive.

The Buttermilk Waffle was perfecto, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Together with the vanilla ice cream, it just melts in your mouth! The berries served together, added a tinge of sourness to the sweetness of the ice cream and waffle. Yum!

I’m speechless when it comes to the Aburi Mentaiko Spaghetti. I think this is by far my fave Mentaiko pasta ever! I love love love Mentaiko and I can just eat it everyday and be happy! The dish was perfectly seasoned, the pasta was perfectly cooked, and the scallops and prawns were fresh. Just writing about it is making me drool! I need to get my Mentaiko pasta craving fixed asap!

The Duck Confit did not disappoint as well! Crispy on the outside and tender o the inside. Together with the orange-infused sauce, it gives the added omph!

We walked out the cafe, full and contented.

Stranger’s Reunion has now become one of my top cafes to visit and I think I will be heading back there sooner rather than later 🙂

 

 

Xx,

Nic

The Market Grill

TGIF! Hope your week has gone well. And here’s hopping your weekend is even better!

Fridays is all about winding down, planning about what you’ll do during the weekends. Maybe spend more time with family, meet friends who are equally as busy as you during the weekdays. Or you know, just sleep in?

For me, I love to head out during the weekends. I love to go out with my family and bf. Shah always complain that I’m like an energizer bunny, always on the go and never seem to want a break. He’s always asking if I’m ever tired. Well, I do get tired sometimes. After all, I’m only human. But I get so excited when I have something(s) planned out for the day. And yes, I’m a planner. I’m big on plannings! If I don’t plan, I actually feel lost at times. No sure if it’s a good or bad thing. What do you guys think?

For this particular Friday, I spent the whole day with Vivienne. Met her at her school and she introduced me to ban mian. I used to not like it but damn, the school’s one is pretty goooood!

After that, we did some shopping at the mall, before we headed to her house to hang out and play with Terry (her dog).

And for dinner, we went to The Market Grill. I’ve been wanting to visit this place for the longest time as I heard great reviews about their lobster roll.

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Lobster Roll ($48). One of the best I’ve eaten so far! The bread was crispy on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside. And the lobster? Heavenly.

Black Angus Beef Bavette 200g ($42). I got to try a bit from Vivienne and the beef is juicy and tender. Although I would have preferred it medium rare or rare. Definitely a must try!

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Thanks for listening to my troubles and I had a great time with you that day! I don’t remember laughing so much hahaha.

Hope you guys had a great Friday and may your weekend be greater 🙂

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Pacamara

Pacamara has always been one of my fave cafes since it opened a few years ago. What I like about this cafe is that their menu is ever-changing. For some cafes, when they change their menu, the food quality just isn’t as good as what it used to be. But at Pacamara, the list of food on the new menu, is not only pleasing to the eyes, the quality is just as good, or even better!

I still remembered when Pacamara first opened. At that time, I was still staying around the area, opposite the cafe in fact. I heard so many amazing reviews on the cafe and was really interested in trying out their red velvet pancakes. I brought my family there after my exams and my Mum got hooked!

A year later, I introduced this place to my Boo, and like my Mum, he really loved the place, even though he was hesitant to visit at first. Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to get Shah to love a cafe. He’s not really a cafe person. As he always say, ‘I’m a roti prata, mee rebus kinda person.’ So for him to really like a cafe and the food, it’s a huge compliment.

So Pacamara has become over fave cafe to visit as a couple.

And I thought why not introduce this place to my paternal aunt, who like me, loves to try different types of food. The two of us, along with Tara, went there for dinner.

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Steak Frites 200g ($25), Rocket and Pear ($15), Chicken Breast ($17.50).

We ordered the Nutella Fudge and Lemon Tart as well to share.

Can I just say, FOOD COMA!

I wasn’t having a great day that day, but this meal lifted up my mood, and for awhile I wasn’t stressing over anything.

So if you’re in the Thompson area, do visit this cafe. It’s a good place to have a meal with family or friends. Awesome food, awesome ambience.

Can’t wait to head back to try their Day Menu. Been wanting to try their Creme Brulee French Toast and Matcha Pancake.

In the mean time, I’ll just be patient…..

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Valentine’s Day

‘Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.’

-Robert  A. Heinlein

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember, you don’t have to wait for this day to show your appreciations to your loved ones, be it b/g relationships, family members or friends. Everyday is Valentine’s Day. Not saying you have to buy expensive gifts everyday or bring your loved ones to high-end restaurants to tell them you love them. Just the simple ‘thank you’s and ‘I love you’s will show them how much they mean to you. Or a warm hug. It’s the little things that count just as much or even more than the physical gifts.

For this special day, my Boo brought me to Whitegrass for a meal. Whitegrass is chef-owner Sam Aisbett’s first restaurant venture, showcasing his distinctive and personal interpretation of modern Australian cuisine. The restaurant presents a contemporary fine dinning experience at heritage-listed CHIJMES, one of Singapore’s most iconic locations.

We were very lucky to have been able to talk to Sam. He brought out a dish which he specially made that day. Sam was really nice to explain to us the key ingredients of the dish. It was more of a Japanese-styled Bibimbap, and tasted really superb!

Sam is part of a new generation of Australian chefs who are transforming the notions of Modern Australian food with his flavor-driven approach to international ingredients with a distinctly Asian touch. The results? You get yourself a wonderful, unique and colorful meal, which you probably can’t find anywhere else in Singapore.

The first bite of every dish Shahrul and I ordered, we were pleasantly surprised. One of that was the slow roasted young beetroots, smoked eel cream, rosella jam, Tasmanian pepper berry. I wasn’t so sure about the dish since it came with beetroot, but I thought why not try something different. Turns out, mixed with the cream, jam and pepper berry, the beetroots were beyond amazing! Each dish showed how talented and creative the chefs at whitegrass are.

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Australian Saltbush lamb, white carrot puree, kale, pickled caper leaves, mustard fruits

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Every dish was explained in details by the waiters/waitresses.

Hope you guys had an amazing Valentine’s Day 🙂

Xx,

Nic